Garden Monkey Bread

It’s been a busy month but I’ve got to eat…the challenges continue!   As the days are getting cooler, I’ve been using my trusty crockpot a lot more.  It’s like having a little cook around – dump a bunch of ingredients into the little pot  in the morning and by the time you get home in the evening BAM dinner is ready.

But this challenge has nothing to do with my crockpot.  This week I made a side dish to go with my crockpot meal, which was red beans and rice.

Usually I enjoy my red beans and rice with cornbread, but Pintrest moved me again, and I was tempted to bake this newfangled bread that I keep seeing over and over: garden monkey bread.  It sounds healthy because it has “garden” in the name, doesn’t it?   It’s actually quite veggie-intensive, which I really liked.  Plus, the ingredients are inexpensive and easy to find:

  • 4 small cans of biscuits (I used 2 big cans, same diff)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup “real bacon” bits
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup onions (I got adventurous here.  Plus I just had some extra onion around)

The recipe says to cut up the biscuits into thirds.  I was rebellious and cut them into fourths.  Drizzle the butter over the biscuits and mix everything else in a big bowl.

Before we continue, I wanted to share something interesting.  While I was cutting up my red bell pepper, this little guy fell out:

It was a tiny pepper that was growing inside the bigger red pepper!  After doing some searching on the Googles, I read that it grows from one of the seeds inside of the pepper.  It happens sometimes.  I didn’t read or learn if it is ready for eating, so I just set it to the side and had some other fun with it.

I buttered up a large pan and spread the mixed contents in there, trying my best to even out the veggies and cheese.   After baking for about thirty minutes in the oven, this delicious bread emerged:

Thirty minutes might be a little too much time for a hungry lady like me, especially when I my crockpot food was ready the moment I came home, but it was well worth it.  I could have done a better job spreading out the peppers and other ingredients.  If you get a good bite of bread with all the flavors, it ALMOST tastes like a pizza.  Almost.  I, and my taste testers, were thoroughly pleased!

Presentation:  Looks right to me.
Edibility:  Indeed.
Tastiness:  Very tasty!
Rematch?:  This will appear on the table for many more meals to come.


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